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North West 'number one for music'
Liam (L) and Noel Gallagher of Oasis
Oasis have had three albums at number one since 2000
The North West has produced more successful music artists since 2000 than any other UK region, according to a study.

Yahoo Music looked at where acts with number one singles or albums came from, reporting the North West had achieved a number one for every 115,254 people.

That compared with one hit per 216,647 people from Greater London, and one for every 253,125 from the South East.

Oasis were the North West's top act, with 12% of its number ones.

The group have had three albums and three singles at number one this decade.

Creative hub

The region has also produced chart-toppers including Doves, Morrissey, Richard Ashcroft and The Coral.

"There have always been key areas that are hubs of musical creativity, and the North West has proven to have a higher success rate in terms of artists' chart positioning in the 21st Century," said Yahoo Music Europe website managing director Shannon Ferguson.

Acts including So Solid Crew, Faithless and The Libertines helped Greater London achieve second place in the study, while the South East has produced Radiohead, Will Young and Hard-Fi among others.

Fourth-placed region, the West Midlands, home to the likes of Robbie Williams, achieved one number one per 278,947 people.

Scotland, which has produced acts including Travis, Franz Ferdinand and Snow Patrol, was the fifth most successful region with a number one for every 454,545 people.

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